Warner Brothers, which is developing the project, has signed on Forgetting Sarah Marshall writer Nicholas Stoller to pen the script and Anchorman filmmaker Adam McKay to direct.
Uptown Saturday Night was hit with predominately black audiences when it was released back in 1974. It starred icons Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier in the leads as working class guys who pose as hustlers in a get rich quick scheme. The film also featured Harry Belafonte in an uproarious spoof of Marlon Brando’s role in The Godfather.
Smith has done buddy comedies better than almost anyone with the Men In Black and Bad Boys being fan favorites but the film would mark a huge departure for Washington, who has never made a full-blown on-screen comedy before.
If the film does indeed go into production is could hit theaters exactly 40 years after the original.